East Bay wine country offers a full weekend’s worth of activities. Wine tasting, beer tasting, fine dining, championship golf, spa treatments and a horse-drawn carriage ride, what more could you want?
Enjoy a trip to the beautiful Lake Shasta with ideas on what to see while you’re there and where to stay.
Gilroy has never worried about its garlic breath. This Santa Clara County town is the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world and proud of it. Everyone’s invited to the Gilroy Garlic Festival each July, but live theater productions, an awesome mall and Gilroy Gardens theme park promise a perfect visit any time of the year.
While the Bay Area offers boundless ways to spend quality time with your favorite four-legged friend, look beyond the bay for great day trips and fun in the California sun with your pup. Everything from a float down the river to wine tasting with the pooch is within just a few hours’ drive from home. Pack up the dog, a leash, poo baggies and a water bowl to head out of the bay for some fantastic fun with Fido.
For an escape from the crowds and traffic in San Fran, or the heat of the Peninsula and East Bay, the small seaside community of Half Moon Bay is a perfect choice for a day trip. Located less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is often overlooked as a popular destination. Expect interesting shops, galleries, restaurants, outdoor activities and even world-class accommodations in this perfect destination just a tank away.
The bad news is that gas is expensive. The good news is that less than one tank will get you and a car full of family or friends to Sonoma Coast’s Bodega Bay. It’s less than 70 miles from San Francisco, yet feels a world away. Clamming, camping, sailing, a walk on the beach, golf, a hot air balloon ride, horseback rides and bike tours await just across the Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco is one of a few large U.S. cities within easy driving distance of river rafting and quaint towns offering world-class wine and organic food. Hiking through a gorgeous forest to a castle is an adventure this continent just doesn’t typically offer, but Tahoe does. Summer is one of the best times to visit the Lake Tahoe-Truckee-Reno area, with limitless water sports. Take a gentle rafting trip, go gourmet and just explore on a wonderful one-tank trip to Lake Tahoe just four hours away.
Any traveler would be hard pressed to find another California city with such history, scenic beauty and romantic mythology. It’s all just a tank of gas away. Enjoy the stunning Monterey Bay Aquarium, eat at the restaurant locals wish you didn’t know about, and be sure to stop and snag a parting gift from the perfumer to the stars on this awesome one-tank trip to Monterey.